NEWS: Australia’s convention bureaux seek NEXTPractices

Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) recently hosted a strategic-level workshop in Adelaide with the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) and its member bureaux to gather input for the DestinationNEXT scenario model and its phase 2 NEXTPractices. The workshop, attended by convention bureaux CEOs, focused on the future of the global destination marketing industry. The DestinationNEXT vision is to provide Destination Marketing Organisations (DMOs) with practical, clear actions and strategies for sustainable success in a dramatically changing world. “DestinationNEXT is an international collaboration seeking DMO intelligence from […]

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VENUE UPDATE: New Sofitel for Adelaide

South Australian premier, Jay Weatherill, this week announced a new Sofitel Luxury Hotel will be built in Adelaide’s CBD – the first internationally branded luxury hotel to be built in the city in nearly three decades. Scheduled to open in 2018 in the heart of the city, the $140 million hotel development will form part of Adelaide developer and investor, Palumbo’s 106 Currie Street development in a 32-storey tower and managed by Accor. The tower will comprise 80 apartments over the top eight levels with the remaining […]

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NEWS: Luxperience introduces awards

Luxury travel trade exhibition, Luxperience, is introducing a gala dinner and awards ceremony at this year’s event in September, The inaugural Luxperience Awards will acknowledge excellence in the development and promotion of  luxury travel products and services and will be judged by a panel of travel industry experts. There will be six awards for buyers and suppliers in three categories: ‘Inspiring’, ‘Meaningful’ and ‘Connections’. Winners will be announced in front of more than 500 guests at the Luxperience Gala Dinner and Awards Evening, set to take place at The Star’s Event Centre. […]

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NEWS: ibtm africa kicks off

International hosted buyers from 16 countries including the Middle East, Europe, Asia, North America, and Russia arrived in Cape Town this week to attend ibtm africa (April 13-15). “Quality is priority and we have worked to bring together attendees who will not only enhance our offering through their attendance from both a buyer and supplier perspective but who will also be able to gain the maximum amount of business from their participation,” exhibition manager, Shinu Pillai, said. ibtm africa kicked off on Monday (April 13) at the […]

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NEWS: ICC Sydney steps up Asian engagement

Following from its Asia Pacific launch in February, the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) will visit cities across Asia in the coming weeks to meet with business event decision makers ahead of its December 2016 opening. The ICC Sydney team will be participating in Business Events Australia’s North East Asia Showcase in Shanghai (April 19-21) and the South East Asia Roadshow in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore (May 3-7 ). ICC Sydney chief executive officer and AEG Ogden group director of convention centres, Geoff […]

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NEWS: Delegates flock to Brisbane

Brisbane is exceeding expectations as a conference destination, with two upcoming international business events reporting a surge in delegate numbers. Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the two events – the RCOG World Congress 2015 and  40th IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) – would attract thousands of business visitors to Brisbane this month. The RCOG World Congress 2015, a joint event co-hosted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians […]

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VENUE UPDATE: PARKROYAL on Beach Road refurb

Following the completion of a S$4.7 million renovation in March, Singapore’s PARKROYAL on Beach Road has launched 130 newly refurbished Premier rooms, a new Executive Suite and revitalised Orchid Club Lounge. “After the launch of The Ballrooms, our purpose-built event facility, and dedicated Wellness Floor in August 2013, this latest refurbishment will enhance the comfort and sophistication of our guestrooms and club lounge,” general manager, David Donald, said. “We are confident that these upgrading efforts will strengthen the hotel’s competitive positioning within the Marina Bay vicinity as a choice accommodation […]

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DEALS: Sebel Kirkton Park MICE offer

Sebel Kirkton Park in the Hunter Valley is now offering free fuel vouchers and a night-time bonfire complete with mulled wine, marshmallows and hot chocolate as part of a new package launched for business events held at the resort until the end of June. Available via The Conference Shop – a new, free website service to help companies plan business events in regional areas – the special offer gives meeting and conference organisers a $500 fuel voucher to help cover the two-hour journey from Sydney, […]

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NEWS: Oman sharpens events focus

The Sultanate of Oman is experiencing record visitation from Australia and New Zealand, thanks to the new world-class Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, due to open in 2016. Contributing to this record increase, Oman has already attracted significant events from Australia, including high-achiever incentive programs for Mercedes Benz and News Ltd. The Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Tourism country manager for Australia and New Zealand, Mona Tannous, said in 2011-2012 Oman achieved a staggering 72 per cent increase in visitation from Australia and New Zealand, followed by 11 […]

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DESTINATION: CSR in Hong Kong

There are a number of socially responsible activities in Hong Kong that allow MICE groups to leave the daily grind of the corporate world behind and give something back to the local community as a team. Here are some hands-on CSR activities that will encourage team-building, promote environmental awareness, and offer delegates up-close and personal experiences with the local communities of Hong Kong. Planting for future generations: Ngong Ping 360’s three-hour tree planting program on Lantau Island offers corporate groups the opportunity to test their green thumbs by […]

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VENUE UPDATE: Lux Foundry lights up Brunswick

In a tribute to its heritage, Lux Foundry was established six years ago and has since built a reputation for great service, delicious fare and a welcoming environment. What was once a gas and retort house providing lighting for parts of Melbourne has been beautifully transformed into Melbourne’s Lux Foundry (lux meaning a unit of measurement of light emittance), a favourite among Brunswick locals and a unique option for off-site events and functions. “Lux was originally operated by Sir Robert Gibson as a foundry making cast iron […]

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DESTINATION: Hong Kong’s unique venues

From world-class restaurants, to historic architectural marvels and floating venues, meetings go far beyond the boardroom in Hong Kong. Hullett House – 1881: Situated in the colonial white-stucco building that was formerly the Marine Police Headquarters, this beautiful venue in Tsim Sha Tsui is home to a luxury heritage hotel, five restaurants and bars and a performance area. Hullett House’s Chinese restaurant Loong Toh Yuen offers exceptional Hong Kong cuisine and a stunning 50 Pigeons Courtyard that is perfect for a sophisticated alfresco MICE event. […]

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NEWS: Outrigger on show

Outrigger Resorts representatives from Hawaii, Mauritius, the Maldives, Fiji and Thailand joined with their Australian and New Zealand counterparts for the Outrigger Resorts Global Showcase last week. The 2015 event launched in Brisbane at Alchemy Restaurant, Eagle Street Pier followed by events at Rivers Edge Function Centre at the World Trade Centre in Melbourne, at L’Aqua Function Centre, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour in Sydney and at the Maritime Room at the Viaduct, Auckland Marina in New Zealand. The 21-strong delegation spoke about the hotel group’s commitment to the […]

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NEWS: Hat-trick for MCEC

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) was announced a winner in three categories at last night’s 2014 Victorian Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) Industry Awards. MCEC was took out the award for Meeting Venue 500 delegates or more, Banqueting and Catering, and In-house AV Services (for the fifth consecutive year). The venue received further recognition with catering services manager, Stephanie Champion, announced a finalist of the MEA and Ungerboeck Software International Young Professional Scholarship. MCEC’s chief executive, Peter King, said the accolades reflect the venue’s commitment […]

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DESTINATION: Asia’s culinary capital

Food is the new black and no business event is complete without mouth-watering cuisine. As the culinary capital of Asia, Hong Kong boasts more than 12,000 eateries, ranging from fun street stalls to gourmet Michelin-star restaurants. Corporate groups can sample an incredible variety of Chinese cuisine as well as regional Asian and a range of high quality international dining to suit any budget. To enjoy a feast for the eyes as well as the palate, here is a selection of restaurants and bars that offer spectacular views […]

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NEWS: AIME 2015 attendance up

Attendance figures to this year’s Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) increased by five per cent, according CAB audited figures released today by event organisers. In total, 4776 attendees, including 2574 international and domestic trade visitors, participated in the two-day show that took place in February. 488 hosted buyers from 19 different countries were in attendance, 40 per cent of whom were first-time visitors to AIME. Exhibitors from 37 countries were showcased across the newly designed show floor, with five per cent exhibiting for the first […]

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NEWS: ICCA members in plane crash

ICCA CEO Martin Sirk has issued a statement following confirmation that eight members of the International Congress & Convention Association were onboard a small plane which crashed on Thursday, March 19. “We send our deepest condolences, and express our shock and sadness at the tragic deaths of executives and Board members from La Rural, the venue for this year’s ICCA Congress, our friend Carlos de Elias, owner of Congress Rental SA and President of Buenos Aires CVB, and other industry executives. “A small plane carrying […]

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EVENT: CeBIT Australia set to disrupt

This year’s CeBIT Australia will take place at Sydney Olympic Park on May 5-7, and is set to shake up the technology conversation with conference themes focusing on disruption, digital business transformation, and business technologies. The tech event will feature a stellar line-up of international and local keynote speakers from the spheres of industry, government and technology. Harvey Stockbridge, managing director of Hannover Fairs Australia, said he is impressed by this year’s program. “Taking up its rightful place again this year in setting the agenda […]

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NEWS: Demand heats up for MEETINGS 2015

Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) chief executive Sue Sullivan says demand has been high from both exhibitors and buyers seeking to participate in this year’s MEETINGS trade show. “We are delighted with the excellent field of exhibitors already signed up, and the speed of reaction to our call for hosted buyers this year. “We will be showcasing New Zealand’s renowned hospitality and creative talents with a host of networking opportunities across three days,” she said The event kicks off starts with welcome function on June […]

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DESTINATION: Hong Kong luxury

Home to more than 200 Michelin-rated restaurants, high fashion mega malls and one of the world’s most spectacular skylines, incentive delegates will revel in Hong Kong’s luxurious offerings. Sevva: This ultra chic rooftop bar, connected to the SEVVA restaurant, is surrounded by sky­scrapers and offers a stunning view across Kowloon and Victoria Harbour as well as some of the best cocktails in town. Armani/ Privé: One of Hong Kong’s luxe nightlife hotspots in the heart of Central, Armani/Privé offers two levels of pleasure: a spectacular […]

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DESTINATION: Team-building in Hong Kong

A city that never sleeps, Hong Kong is bursting with an energy that never fails to exhilarate visitors – and when it comes to boosting team morale, the city’s buzz can really fuel the fire for engaging team-building activities. Here’s how corporate groups can tap into the spirit of Hong Kong and energy of its people. Cooking Classes Corporate groups can discover the art of Chinese culinary techniques through one of Hong Kong’s remarkable cooking schools. From the top-ranked hotels through to independent operators, there […]

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NEWS: Adina Sydney Airport Hotel opens

The newly-built Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Airport is set to open its doors late-March 2015. Less than one kilometre from Sydney Airport, the new hotel features 123 serviced apartments across six storeys consisting of 51 studios, 66 one bedroom and 6 two bedroom units. The hotel’s airport shuttle and close proximity to Mascot train station ensures that guests can avoid traffic and get around Sydney with ease. Rachel Argaman, CEO of TFE Hotels, said: “Sydney Airport is an ideal location for transit and business travellers, with […]

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NEWS: CeMAT comes to Australia

CeMAT, the world’s leading intralogistics, materials handling and warehousing exhibition, is coming to Australia for the first time this year, set to take place at Sydney Olympic Park from May 5-7. The three-day event will feature international exhibitors and renowned industry leaders, live product demonstrations, product launches and on-stand events.  The show will also include case studies and highlight industry trends during its dedicated conference, panel sessions and workshops. Hannover Fairs managing director, Harvey Stockbridge, said he is keen for the Australian market to be exposed to international trends at CeMAT AUSTRALIA, […]

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NEWS: ibtm world generates business

Research and analysis following EIBTM 2014 (recently rebranded as ibtm world) revealed 97 per cent of exhibitors who participated in last year’s event said it is important for their business. Global DMC Partners CEO,  Jim Hensley, said: “EIBTM is the strongest and busiest show in our trade show calendar. We’ve had more appointments each day here than we have had in entire trade shows. The buyers we have seen have been good quality and most importantly ready to do business with proposals in place, rather than general enquiries. […]

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NEWS: New flights to boost events in Hunter region

New direct flights between Newcastle and Canberra and a new arrivals hall at Newcastle Airport will boost business tourism in the Greater Hunter region, according to the leaders of the Altogether Perfect marketing group. Sydney-based Pelican Airlines will launch direct flights between Newcastle and Canberra on April 27, 2015 under its Fly Pelican brand, using 19-seat BAE Jetstream 32 turboprop aircraft. The airline will offer a morning service from Newcastle to the national capital and a late afternoon return flight plus a Sunday afternoon service. […]

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NEWS: Event planners on high alert

Recent air disasters and terrorist attacks are putting travel and event managers on high alert. The world of corporate travel was significantly tightened following the September 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. to ensure the safety of travelling employees. Recent airline disasters and new terror attacks are again seeing a significant focus on the sector. Travel management companies are reportedly ensuring that those travelling for business or to attend meetings are doing so with all the necessary tools possible to ensure that they remain safe. […]

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